18th Century Playing-Cards and Card Games

In a letter dated August 12, 1774, tutor Philip Vickers Fithian writes, “any young Gentleman travelling through the Colony [of Virginia] is presum’d to be acquainted with Dancing, Boxing, playing the Fiddle, & Small-Sword, & Cards.”

See also games, board games, and toys. (Or, learn more about playing cards from the 14th-16th centuries.)

Depictions of card games

Building houses of cards